Manually operated sliding platforms are mechanisms of the past. Enter Ford Motor Company, which recently filed a patent application for what is dubbed a “powered sliding platform assembly.”
Compared to its manual predecessor, the Blue Oval's new patent application outlines a platform that works using an electric motor. In addition to a vehicle, the motor is also able to power tools using an outlet. According to the application, manually operated sliding platforms can prove difficult if they're loaded heavily; parking on inclines or declines can also inhibit them. In comparison, a powered platform renders those issues obsolete.
When constructed, the platform would be adhered to a truck bed's rails, with a pin locking in an acutator. Additionally, a programmed controller would serve to retract the pin and allow the rail to move. Incorporated into a Ford pickup, the mechanism could assist with handling various payloads.
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